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How to make Fanbirds Thur 1 day

Sean Hellman

  • Starts 9 May
  • 55 British pounds
  • Own Space

Available spots

Service Description

How to make Fanbirds Fanbirds are a European tradition, not really known of in the UK. They are intriguing wooden carvings made by splitting out thin feathers and interlocking them together in a fan shape. They may look complicated and time consuming to make. Once the different techniques involved in making them are understood and practiced, they are relatively quick and very satisfying to make. This workshop is suitable for those who have never made a fanbird before or even used whittling tools. It is also suitable for those who have made birds and wish to improved their technique and design, with new bird styles taught. Experience with woodworking tools is not necessary. Students will make between 2 and 3 birds during the day to take home. Sean will discuss the folklore and traditions associated with fanbirds. All materials and tools will be supplied. You will learn • How to use the tools involved safely. • How to select and prepare the wood using a saw and axe. • How to split the wood to make all the feathers, using a small pushknife • How to shape and carve the birds body with a knife saw and or axe. • How to construct the bird by interlocking the feathers and what to do if some of them fall or get broken out. • How to hang the bird using a small pin and fishing line so that you can hang it up at home. • What you need to make more at home. You will be provided with templates and instruction sheet to take home Please you need to be able to use a chisel & a knife. you are welcome to bring your own tools if you have them. Suitable for all levels.

Upcoming Sessions

Booking Policy

Thank you for booking onto your course. Please read the following notes carefully before arrival. 1. Please take time to familiarise yourself with the site, where you need to be for your course, and where the toilets & refreshments are well in advance of your course (there will be no course reception desk in the main marquee this year but there will be a BB HQ to the right of it should you need assistance) 2. Access into spaces will be from 9 am on the morning of your course, please do not come any earlier as tutors will be setting up 3. At the end of your course please depart in a timely fashion to allow for turnarounds. If you are fit & able & willing to do so please stay to help it would be very much appreciated 4. Free tea/coffee is situated at the bottom of the quiet marquee please help yourself at break times 5. Please do not disturb other courses or encroach on other spaces 6. Your tutor will explain to you the photography policy. Please adhere to this 7. Please make sure you come dressed for the occasion. Some of the courses are in marquees some in individual shelters. Have warm/waterproof clothing where applicable. For most of the courses, you need to ensure you have covered shoes & long trousers. Please refer to your individual courses for more info 8. Where you are asked to bring your own tools please ensure they are sharp & fit for purpose 9. All courses are for 18+. Should you be bringing a young person with you, who wishes to do a course please get in touch with before booking to discuss individual needs/ age so we can assist finding a suitable course where possible. 10. Please adhere to any specific health & safety request from your tutor on the day/beforehand 11. It is your responsibility to book onto a course which is appropriate for your level or physical capability there will be no option for a refund if you find it is not suited to your needs 12. Your tutor will request your emergency contacts at the start of the course- please ensure you have these handy 13. Please report & health & safety issues or first aid needs directly to your tutor as the first point of contact 14. Please note course tickets are non-refundable

Contact Details

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Association of Pole-lathe Turners
& Green Woodworkers
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